Report provided by Marist Athletic Department
DAVIDSON, North Carolina – The Marist football team defeated Pioneer Football League for Davidson by a score of 31-9 on Saturday.
With the win, the Red Foxes improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in PFL play. The Wildcats are now 2-2 overall, and 0-1 in the PFL.
After a scoreless first quarter, Davidson struck first on a 30-yard field goal by Trevor Smith with 11:30 left in the second period.
The Red Foxes took the lead on a two-yard touchdown run by red-shirt junior quarterback Mike White, which capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
On Davidson’s next drive, freshman safety Jeremiah Gholston intercepted a pass at his own 41, and weaved his way through traffic for a 59-yard touchdown.
Davidson cut its deficit to one score on a 39-yard field goal by Smith with 2:49 left in the first half. Marist took the 14-6 lead to the locker room.
Marist punted on its first drive of the second half, but senior long snapper Nick Mecca recovered a fumble at the Davidson 26. Three plays later, White connected with red-shirt sophomore Anthony Olivencia on a four-yard score with 12:29 left in the third quarter.
Smith’s third field goal of the game cut Marist’s lead to 21-9 with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
The Red Foxes closed out the scoring with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Red-shirt junior Joe Giglio hit a 35-yard field goal to make the score 24-9. After a fumble recovery by red-shirt freshman cornerback Ryan Webb, fifth-year senior running back Marcellus Calhoun had a 32-yard touchdown run two plays later.
Marist was plus-3 in turnover differential. The Red Foxes turned two fumbles and an interception into 21 points, and did not commit any turnovers themselves.
White threw for 215 yards and ran for 44. He had a touchdown rushing and passing.
Calhoun ran for 87 yards on 13 carries. It was the highest single-game rushing total by a Red Fox this season.
Senior wide receiver Lawrence Dickens and junior wide receiver Juston Christian tied for the team high with six receptions. Dickens had a team-best 58 receiving yards.
Red-shirt junior safety Jordyn Jean-Felix had a team-high seven tackles and a forced fumble.
Marist registered eight tackles for loss. Red-shirt junior defensive end Eric Taylor had two, and red-shirt sophomore defensive end Peter Delatour had a sack.
Marist is now 10-0 all-time in the state of North Carolina, with six wins at Davidson and four victories at Campbell.
Gholston’s pick-six was the Red Foxes’ second defensive touchdown of the season, following Ruben Avalos III’s fumble return for a score against Stetson. Marist’s last interception return for a touchdown was a 16-yard play by Mike Marston at Stetson last season.
Calhoun’s touchdown run was his longest run from scrimmage this season.
Marist is now 9-1 against Davidson all-time. The Red Foxes have won seven straight in the series. Their last three victories have come by scores of 31-10, 31-10, and 31-9.
Quote Of The Day
“It might have been an ugly win, but a win is a win. If you can’t enjoy these, you have to get out of the profession,” – Marist head coach Jim Parady.
Marist returns home to face Columbia on Saturday, Oct. 7 on Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. It’s the first the Red Foxes will host an Ivy League opponent in program history. After a 28-24 victory at Princeton on Saturday, Columbia is 3-0. Tickets are available, and for information, please click here.